Barred Owl
Strix varia

f2.8 @ 1/500s, ISO:1250, Nikon D300S w 300mm

"Barred Owl," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Barred Owl (Strix varia) is a large typical owl native to North America. Best known as the Hoot Owl for its distinctive call, it goes by many other names, including Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl, and Striped Owl.The adult is 4063 cm (1625 in) long with a 96125 cm (3849 in) wingspan. Weight in this species is 500 to 1050 grams (1.1-2.3 lbs).It has a pale face with dark rings around the eyes, a yellow beak and brown eyes. It is the only typical owl of the eastern United States which has brown eyes; all others have yellow eyes. The upper parts are mottled gray-brown. The underparts are light with markings; the chest is barred horizontally while the belly is streaked vertically. The legs and feet are covered in feathers up to the talons.The head is round and lacks ear tufts, a distinction from the slightly smaller Short-eared Owl, which favors more open, marginal habitats.
British Columbia, Canada